Lo Duca released at Colorado Springs

May 29, 2010 | 1:07 pm | 3  

Veteran catcher Paul Lo Duca was released Friday at Triple-A Colorado Springs, ending his hopes of making a comeback with the Colorado Rockies. Lo Duca lost his spot on the Sky Sox’s roster when catcher Paul Phillips cleared waivers and accepted his minor league assignment.

The Rockies designated Phillips for assignment when they recalled catcher Chris Iannetta on Tuesday.

Lo Duca, 38, hit .233 (10-for-43) with one homer and seven RBI in 14 games for the Sky Sox. He spent most of April in extended spring training after straining a muscle in his right armpit during an exhibition game. Lo Duca, who was out of the game in 2009, played for Rockies manager Jim Tracy when Tracy managed the Dodgers.

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  • kevin | May 29, 2010 | 7:21 pm

    Why would the rockies continue to sign retreds…Loduca, payton, herges…this guys have seen better days. What is DOD thinking, the rockies are just doing these guys favors, and this business…has no friends! The game is the same, yet these players they sign are a shame. All DOD does is bring in bald tires.

  • Tracy Ringolsby | May 30, 2010 | 7:24 am

    Kevin, just curious as to which players you feel are overlooked because of those players. Perfect example with LoDuca was when a spot was needed, he was let go. If you look at most Triple-A teams there is a much heavier tint to the older player. There is always a need to have some veteran aspect to a Triple-A team, not only as big-league protection but to also help in the development of prospects who can learn from people who have been through the wars. The key is making sure the people you bring in fit with the attitude you want. And if they don’t, well Redding was let go in a hurry, wasn’t he?

  • Brian H | June 5, 2010 | 9:08 am

    Sal Fasano was in CoSprings last year… a true journeyman veteran if you’ve ever heard of one, but he was also known to be incredibly good with young pitching talent.

    I live in Dallas-Fort Worth area now, so I get the opportunity to see some Texas League AA games in Frisco. It’s really interesting to watch that level of play, compared with what you get in AAA. I don’t think I’ve seen anyone older than age 29 at the AA level – it’s a great league to see young prospects in action. AAA is interesting to watch because there is such a diversity… some players skip it altogether, but… watching the veterans work with raw talent, basically functioning as coaches on the field is really something to watch. It’s a lot different than the AA minor league game I’m used to seeing.